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Jan 23, 2013 11:00pm EST
has seen the united states senate and the presidency for a number of years. he has seen many relationships between presidents and leaders of the opposite party. he knows how this place works. my sense of the republican leader and of the large majority of us is that we would like to see a results. we would like to see a result on this very tough issue of saving social security and saving medicare, saving medicaid, saving these programs that seniors depend on. and i wonder if the republican leader would agree with me that despite the fact that we in guage every day in political matters and that we have the differences of opinions that on this issue, without presidential leadership, we can't get a result and that there are a lot of us on both sides of the aisle who work with the president to fix the debt. >> i would say to my friend from tennessee, in many ways it's a statement of the audience -- obvious. there's only one person in america out of 307 lane americans who can find something into law. and only one person in america can deliver the members of his party to support an
CSPAN
Jan 30, 2013 11:00pm EST
voted to send me to the united states senate. yesterday, nearly three decades after the people of massachusetts voted me in the office, the people i work with in the senate voted out. as always, i accept the senate sound judgment. eight years ago i admit i had a very different plan from a slightly different to read the senate, the 61 billion americans voted they wanted me to stay here with you. and so, stay in here learned about humility and sometimes the greatest lesson in life comes not from victory, but dusting yourself off after her defeat in starting over when he did not sound. i was reminded throughout this journey is something often said, but not always fully appreciated. all of the senators are only as good as their staff. i sat the kids up nights and weekends, postpones vacations, doesn't get home in time to type children in bad and all those last moments because they are here hoping to serve. they are not elected. they didn't get into public service to get rich. that's for sure. and their names are rarely in the newspapers. but from the stuff in the mail rooms to the peo
CSPAN
Jan 25, 2013 11:00pm EST
politician i know in the united states senate and congress, when he offered the iranian freedom and security act. the syrian accountability act. those were not just since things have percolateed in the arab spring. those were well in advance. he knows more about the interactions between mahmoud ahmadinejad and chavez than any of our politician. so in terms of who or enemy is and where the war is being fought, he was at the first one to use the term islamo fascist. but he was told he can't use the term. in christianity we have people who handle snakes and speak in tongues and people who might show up on easter and christmas. that whole realm of christianity is the same in islam. the simon wiesenthal in l.a. -- received an award for holding a conference in indonesia that brought imams and survivors from the holocaust, and it was on the newspaper, if my friend ahmadinejad says the holocaust didn't exist, i call him a liar. so you can look at the friends of america who are muslims and you look at the enemy who are trying to take the united states and replace it with sharia law. a young
CSPAN
Jan 24, 2013 11:00pm EST
pressures facing the united states and the role in the world. senator thank you for coming out this morning. i know, it's not easy for you to get here in the snow either. i guess i'd like to begin by -- in a general way, asking you what is the concern? what is worrying you about possible interaction between limited resources here, pressure to cut the budget and what that might do in terms of limiting u.s. role abroad. >> well, the consequences, i think, both a diminishing pool of resources available all the fiscal pressures that are on the congress now in terms of the decisions they make and how to allocate funds, and the perspective to the future. not looking all that good. combined with, i think a less and less engagement, knowledge of, and participation by members of congress in global affairs. whether it is national security, military-related or whether it's foreign aid relate order diplomacy in our presence throughout the world. if you look back to congress twenty/twenty five years ago. it was made up of people who had a relationship to world war ii and the aftermath in terms o
CSPAN
Jan 29, 2013 11:00pm EST
we all agree that it is credible that the united states remains projecting that military strength but the wisdom of our democratic ideas. i have no doubt that senator kerry will rise to meet these goals. i look forward to working with them as they move forward in the days ahead. all members will say that even when they did not agree with chairman john kerry on a given issue, they can could always feel that he had an open ear. an open door. an opportunity for a full debate in an effort to seek common ground, particularly in u.s. foreign policy. that will serve extraordinarily well in his role as the secretary of state as he deals with the senate and house of representatives as part of promoting u.s. foreign policy abroad, bringing it cohesively as possible to promote the security of the united states. so i look forward at the end of this time to a strong confirmation vote as we send a message that world that this is our secretary of state and he speaks for america on behalf of the obama administration. that, i yield the floor. >> the senator from tennessee. >> thank you. >> i want to thank the chairman for holding this hearing. the way that paulson politi
CSPAN
Jan 28, 2013 11:00pm EST
directors to this program to examine how we ought to stabilize health care spending in the united states. we all know that it is now a huge part of our economy. accounting for 18% of gdp. that is $2.2 trillion for those we don't know the exact size of the 2011 gdp. and i'm sure the policy student somewhere play a drinking game based upon how many times the word unsustainable is used. but the spending figures released for the third year in a row, aggregate spending grew by 3.9%. the smallest increment in decades. to paraphrase ross perot's running mate in the debate many years ago, why are we here? at least one response to the question is we don't know if the health care cost have been slain or is just hibernating. how much comes from the sluggish economic recovery where people are postponing care over which they have any kind of discussion at all what about expensive treatments and tests them for the most expensive health care programs is the fact that 10,802 joining and joining me in the over 65 set everyday. despite relatively encouraging news -- [inaudible] we are talking today about
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